Scottish XC Relays – Cumbernauld

After a dominant showing at the Dunbartonshire Relays, the Hares and Hounds headed to Cumbernauld full of confidence and hungry for more success. 11 men and 5 women turned up in a wet Cumbernauld to tackle a course that past athletes described as “70% uphill but still starts and finishes in the same place”. The hills on the course did not disappoint, and the ground underfoot stayed relatively firm despite the weather.

Orla Chapman was first to tackle the 4km course for the Woman’s A with Jackie Kandsberger setting off for the B team. Orla stormed round in 18:03 thanks to a well-timed race, with Jackie not far behind in 19:15. GB athlete Laura Muir took over for the A team and immediately showed her class, setting a fastest time of the day with 13:45, making up almost 40 places. For the B’s Karolina Kivimaki windmilled her way to a solid 19:26. It was left to rookie Cassie Paterson to finish the job for the ladies, she held on well to take 25th place with an 18:59, fantastic result in such a strong field!

The Men’s A team saw just one change from that that dominated in Dumbarton. With Sam Davies unavailable Grant Boyne stepped in after his fastest junior time a week before. Peter Bowman led the team out with an impressive 13:19, setting a great platform for the rest to attack from. Champion cheerer Ruben Lopez took over and gained one place with a 14.08. Grant Boyne continued his impressive early season form with a 13:35 to claw up a further position. Myles Bax brought the team home strongly through the steadily deteriorating course with a battling 13:50 to secure 20th position for the men and 2nd University.

Men’s B team of Aishan Patil (14:07), Chris Clarke (14:17), Adam Stark (15:06) and Mark Sutherland (15:02) showed the strength in depth at the club finishing in 43rd, Aishan and Chris putting in strong A team claims.

Lewis Renton (14:22), Alistair Thurlbeck (15:06) and Ben McClellan (15:11) made up the Men’s C team, giving the B’s a close run!

A great day out for the club with fantastic runs all round. Special thanks to Captain Andrew Foggo, Courtney Gunn and Oli Seglah for coming along to support and help the athletes drag themselves over the hills and through the mud.

Next up is the Scottish Road Relay Championships in Shettleston, can the Club continue to build on this early season success?

Words by Mark Sutherland

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